Biden to Sign Immigration Executive Order Tuesday

President Biden is expected to sign an executive order (EO) on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 to modernize the U.S. immigration system. No further details on the forthcoming executive order have been provided.

The President had been scheduled to sign this EO today, but delayed it until after the Senate’s confirmation vote for Alejandro Mayorkas, who is Biden’s nominee for the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mayorkas is expected to be confirmed by the Senate on Monday evening.

In related news, the President signed an EO earlier this week, entitled “Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers,” that seeks to encourage federal agencies to purchase goods made in America. One of the provisions in this order rescinds the “Buy America, Hire American” executive order signed by Trump in 2017. The “Hire American” portions of this now-rescinded executive order led to a number of policies that created additional roadblocks for foreign nationals seeking admission in various nonimmigrant categories, including H1B, L-1, E-2, and F-1.


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